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Dear Washington Examiner: Does it Really Take a Rape Phrase to Get Your Attention?

Apparently the neanderthals over at the Washington Examiner Circulation Department don’t comprehend the phrase, “no means no.” They apparently think “no” means yes, please come over and hang out all over my lawn. And have a picnic while you’re at it.

We’ve written about this matter before. In one case, NYT Magazine writer Matt Bai complained about receiving the paper against his will at two different homes in the D.C. area for years. In another, Media Matters communications employee Tyrone Gayle had a exasperating weekend of the Examiner trying to force itself on him by landing daily on his doorstep.”No one likes you,” he said pointedly. A little harsh. But this is what forced entry elicits: unbridled rage.

Now a woman named “Sue” on a Cleveland Park Yahoo! group is complaining that her entire block is being littered with copies of the paper. We’re withholding her surname for safety purposes. “The unwanted Examiner newspaper is back: copies littered my block on Sunday. I recycled mine and the ones delivered to out-of town neighbors, and called the customer service number this morning. (It’s on the bag: 866-733-7323)

“A bit of good news: I got a human right away. A second bit of good news: first, the customer service rep said each neighbor had to call. But I reminded her that these were like signs saying ‘Hi, Burglar, I’m away’ and she agreed to check. Sure enough, each of those neighbors had ‘stopped’ The Examiner in the past. She sighed and said ‘I’ll send out the stop order again.’”

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